I inherited my Grandmother's recipe books - they are falling apart as you see, but i love them and refer to them often. There are 2 of these notebooks full of recipes written out in her neat hand, using her Parker fountain pen - credit is always given to whoever provided the recipe: - Dundee cake, Mrs Fleming; Lantern Tray Bake, Betty Clark; Gingerbread, Mrs Fernie, Christmas Cake, Radio Times Each page contains memories of visits to her house. She was the most fantastic baker and the table just groaned with delights - big cakes, small cakes, fruit cakes, tray bakes,tarts, biscuits (cookies), shortbread. She baked every week, to fill up her tins, so there was never any chance of being caught out with nothing to offer a visitor.
Anyway, browsing through a few weeks ago, I came upon this recipe for Advocate (sic). Now as a child at New Year, I was always allowed a small glass of advocaat mixed with a lot of lemonade. I so remember that fluffly light sweet eggy taste, so I was keen to give this a go - especially as our hens - The Pizza Girls are such prolific layers. You make it over 3 days, but then have to leave it for 3 - 4 weeks before drinking it - worth it though.
3 whole eggs - including shells
juice of 3 large lemons.
1 lb caster sugar
large tin evaporated milk (I used 3 170g tins Tesco own brand)
1 Gill brandy ( 1/4 of a pint)
Wash eggs and break into a bowl including the eggshells
Add the lemon juice and turn every day for 3 days.
(interesting science experiment here too)
On day 4 - whisk them up ( I zuzzed mine in a blender) and strain. Add sugar, milk and brandy. Beat well until the sugar has dissolved.
Pour into bottles and keep for 3 - 4 weeks before using. I made just over 1 litre using this recipe - 1 bottle to keep and 2 smaller ones to give away. Perfect!